Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is the only Asian capital city that has Spanish architectural influences. It’s also a melting pot of Asian, Pacific and Latin influences, resulting in an interesting cultural flavor and an interesting mix of food that most Americans haven’t tried, especially the amazing lechon! We could go and just eat lechon for the entire trip. Go experience and taste it for yourself.
If Manila isn’t your thing, use Manila as a springboard to Boracay, home of the best beaches and diving experiences in Asia. The least expensive fare for the same travel period to Boracay is $1,950 from San Francisco. Think of this as an easy travel hack — a non-stop from Manila to Boracay (Airport code: MPH) on Phillippines Airlines searched on Zuji (Travelocity’s Asia Site) is ~$300 USD. That’s a savings of $805. Use the savings to stay at the Shangri-la Boracay; for more local experience, stay at Jony’s.
Give it 5 more years and Boracay will be the “it” destination, like Bali and Phuket before it. The Flight Team was diving in Boracay in 2009, and it was awesome.
- October 4th – October 11th. Valid until December 8th, 2011 for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday departures. Must purchase by September 6th, 2011. Use http://matrix.itasoftware.com to see exact date availability
Routing & Pricing:
- LAX – $880: LAX – NRT (Tokyo) – MNL (Manila) – NRT – LAXSFO
- SFO – $845: SFO – NRT – MNL – NRT – SFO
- NYC – $1,021: EWR – NRT – MNL – NRT – EWR
- LAX: 14,668 miles or 6.0 cents per mile
- SFO: 14,034 miles or 6.0 cents per mile
- NYC: 17,216 miles or 5.9 cents per mile